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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge Kickoff just a couple weeks away

Each summer through fall, Fabrics N Quilts is excited to host the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  If you've not heard of the Challenge, let me tell you the most important thing is do not to overthink it.

It is EASY to participate in the Scrap Quilt Challenge and the prizes are awesome.  Here's the quick version of the rules.  {They don't differ year to year except for a little tweaking.}

Scrap Quilt Challenge Guidelines: 
  • The Challenge kicks off on July 1st each year.  You'll want to bookmark that post, as you'll probably want to share it & refer back to it as you finish your quilts.
  • 45” x 60” minimum size
  • Entries must be completed quilts (patchwork, applique, rag quilt are all fine. It just must be a completed project)
  • Entries must be obviously scrappy.  For our challenge, prematched, precut (jelly roll and charm pack, for example) projects are not the intent and won't qualify for prizes.
  • Entries should have been completed in the last year (since last year’s challenge ended on October 15, 2014).
  • Upload a picture of your quilt & tell its story to the Flickr pool (will be announced on July 1) by midnight, October 15, 2015.
That's it.  Really.  I promise.  

We are celebrating a few things via our challenge.  
1. Using what we have and clearing the actual and mental clutter that comes from the overflowing scrap bins.
2. It feels good to have a "finish".
3. Everyone deserves a pat on the back & a community where they can share their passion. (Join our Facebook Group!)

Fabrics N Quilts is happy to partner with some of the best folks in the quilting industry each year and offer you some swag to help you celebrate your finish.  All winners are chosen at random.  We have already received the giveaway goodies from our friends at Aurifil, Quilters Dream Batting, Studio E Fabrics, Moda Fabrics, and Creative Grids Rulers.  I am keeping it all locked up tight so it's ready to ship your way in October. We'll have more great sponsors to tell you about next time, and all of the sponsors will be highlighted in our big kickoff post on July 1st.

Throughout the Scrap Quilt Challenge months (July-October), I will highlight our sponsors & have extra giveaways too, so we can keep the fun and inspiration rolling.

And my favorite part is the tutorials!  Last year we partnered with 4 awesome designers to bring you a scrappy block tutorial on the first of each month.  We will again have these tutorials-the first from Joan Ford of Scraptherapy/Hummingbird Highway, but also a little mystery scrappy quilt designed by me!  It will be a beginner level quilt with not teenie pieces and will be no more than 4 tutorials long.  This will be a quilt you could potentially finish in time to enter in the Challenge.  We all have schedule demands, so remember to have fun & not stress about entering it this year.  There is always next year! 

So, what should you do now for the Scrap Quilt Challenge?
*have an organization day.  Invite a friend, make a pot of coffee, get some chocolate, & pick a color or size to whittle out of your stash of scraps.
*never forget we quilt for fun.  Don't stress about the Challenge.  It's not allowed.  Always remember to enjoy the process (stop and smell the roses/pet the fabric).

Leave us a comment & share what you are planning, contemplating, or wishing during this 2015 Challenge Season!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Row by Row Experience 2015

It's time to start making your plans for the biggest shop hop around, the Row by Row Experience!
Row by Row 2015

We are excited to again bring the Row by Row to Jamestown!  We know we are a bit off the Interstate, but it's a beautiful drive & we will make it a memorable visit!  Get directions from our Contact Page!

Here is our row for 2015, Shark Attack!
Watch out Duckies

We have a quilted version in the shop to view too, so you can get some ideas on finishing your row as a wall hanging or in your quilt.

Quilters loved our Eat Sleep Quilt vanity plate last year, so we are offering it again this year.  In addition, we have SCRAPAHOLIC too!
Fabrics N Quilts Vanity Plates 2015

We want to reward you for bringing your finished Row by Row quilt to us with a little more than the required fat quarter bundle, so we've assembled this great prize pack valued at over $200!
Fabrics N Quilts Row by Row Grand Prize basket

Don't miss the Vintage Vibe Trunk Show!
We'll have a rotating trunk show all summer of all the projects in this book.  Plus check the class calendar on the events page for 6 projects sprinkled through the hot summer months.  Learn machine applique, strip piecing, and pillow techniques!
Shop online for this great book!
So, are you ready to plan your Tennessee Row by Row Experience?!  If so, here are 3 great ways to start:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Let's talk Scrap

The 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge will kick off in just one month, so now's a good time to make a plan & take a serious look at your scrap situation.  (What's the SQC, you ask?  check out last year here.)

I will try to make you feel better about your scrap organization, and maybe give you some ideas, by showing you a bit of mine.

I keep this basket under my sewing table.  I houses all the little scraps I can't bear to part with.  Binding trimmings, leftover strips smaller than 2.5", extra bits & bobbles.  When I need a leader or ender to get whatever is under my needle out, I reach in & grab a couple pieces.  Find a straight edge on each & stitch.  Eventually we have a crumb block!

 Or those trim off triangles from binding...that's what's in the red container.  Those get willy-nilly matched up & turned into squares for some yet unknown scrappy project.

I have built-ins in my classroom.  Behind this not so convincing camouflage of hanging quilts resides the biggest jumbled mess of fabric hunks and other scraps.

Some of the wire baskets each house a particular size & shape, like 2.5" squares or strips for string blocks. There also resides magazines, books, UFO's, and a whole cubby of batting scraps. (TIP:  cut them to the size of your Swiffer!) Like the rest of my scraps, and I dare say you may feel the same way, they are just waiting for my attention.

I have some great Pinterest boards to help with the inspiration.  Tons of free patterns & tutorials.  If you'd like to also post to the Scrap Quilt Challenge Inspiration board, just email me & I will add you! It's our community board.  Share what you love!

Don't miss out on other scrappy inspiration: join our Facebook Group!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time Saving Scrap Quilting

We have all made flying geese or snowball blocks where we have the waste triangles. 

Have you ever thought to seam those up before you press the finished block?  Send those units through the machine again, leaving a 1/2” allowance between your (intentional) diagonal seam.  This will give you a 1/4” allowance for both your pieces.

Cut the units apart after you press your flying geese unit (so you don’t distort).  Just a nice straight cut between your seams.

Now you have a start on a new quilt, or a pieced border, backing, pillow or doll quilt.  You’ll want to square up, since you’ve eyeballed the diagonal line (I don’t mark mine, since I square up all my HST’s).  This one will make a cool pinwheel!

This is a sneak peek of my Skipper quilt that is from Vintage Vibe.  Hope to see you in the shop this summer for the Trunk Show of this awesome book.  Not only will we have the book samples to show you, but also our creations & kits of our samples too.  It’s just part of our Row by Row Experience!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So much quilty goodness on the horizon this summer

It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean the quilting goodness is out of season!  In fact, it’s about to blow up!
Quilters across the country are gearing up for the summer shop hop supreme, the Row by Row Experience.

We are so excited to be participating again this year & hope that you will make it to our shop.  We are just 30 miles off I-40, so take in some beautiful country scenery and enjoy a slower pace. 

We’ve finalized our row and our patterns are eagerly awaiting your arrival!  We also have a fun demo to show you, complete with a goodie bag so you can take it home & make one for yourself!

Go to rowbyrowexperience.com and click the Start Here button at the top of the page to see all the shops in your state, or to scope out while you are on vacation this summer. 
The shop hop is a no-fee, no-passport event and runs June 21-September 8.  See you soon!

(hope you enjoy the little sneak peek of our row!  We’ll be back with more for the June 1st kickoff!)

Also on tap is the 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge!

For the 5th year, Fabrics N Quilts will bring you the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
We are partnering with some great sponsors this year and look forward to our kickoff party July1st! 
If you’ve missed the Challenge in prior years, we are glad to have you here this year!  Check out our prior year posts here.

Our next free pattern with Quilting Treasures will be out soon too, so keep your eyes peeled for Maya in stores soon! 

We’ll be sure to post the link up to the new pattern as soon as it’s available!  In the meantime, check out all the free patterns from QT here.

The summer Quilt Show Season is also upon us! Check out where we’ll be this summer & come say hi!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Aurifil Love

When I first got my Long Arm, Brutus, we had a long love-hate relationship.  At the very beginning, I loved him, he didn’t act like he even liked me.  During these first months (yeah, months) I tried so many thread combinations, tension settings and the like, that when he FINALLY found something he liked, I just accepted his choice.  For 2 years we have been brand loyal to Signature 40 weight in the top & Aurifil 50 in the bobbin.

Thinking Brutus and I were ready to take our relationship to the next level, I bought cones of Superior threads Omni and Glide.  Both poly threads.  I have had moderate success with Omni, but Brutus just does not like Glide.  Either he messes with the tension, or he shreds that thread like the monster we both know him to be.

My original plan for this quilt was to use Glide in a dark gray on top and Aurifil 50wt #2605 in the bobbin.  Since Brutus decided to spit up the Glide, again, I decided to give the Aurifil 40wt another shot in the top.  I tried this once early on, and had issues, but back then Brutus had issues with everything.  I just so happened to have #2605 in 40wt too, so with skepticism, I threaded it up.

I was stoked to see that he has warmed to Aurifil 40 in the top.  I have quite a collection of 40 wt Aurifil, so this opens some great options for me this summer! 

Lynn strings

This is a customer’s quilt.  She used a Missouri Star video tute, but I couldn’t find it at first glance.  You can look for it on their youtube channel.  I quilted this quilt with Quilter’s Dream Black Poly.  It added great dimension to the quilting I think.

Lynn strings-001


One day I will get Brutus to love Glide.  Until then, it’s nice to know he has a new friend in Aurifil 40wt!

{Did you know we sell the large spools (1300m @50wt and 1000m@40wt) of Aurifil for just $12.00?-check out the website for your favorite colors & share the news!}

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New FNQ blog hop party continues!

Oh yeah, the celebration is still running strong!

Check out these blogs NOW to enter while you still can!  You’ll want to add them all to your Bloglovin’!

Pat over at Life in The Scrapatch

Maryellen of Mary Mack Made Mine

Darlene from QuiltShopGal

Sarah will be hosting a giveaway starting Friday, so make a note to pop over to Confessions of a Fabrics Addict then!